Just like the first meeting between Nevada and San Jose State, the Wolf Pack struggled against the Spartans and the Wolf Pack especially had problems with Spartans guard Jaleel Williams early in the game. Williams scored 19 points in the first half and hit four threes in the first half.
And just like the first meeting, the outcome was the same: A grind-it-out Wolf Pack victory.
The Wolf Pack (9-19, 5-11 MW) earned a hard fought victory over the Spartans(2-25, 0-16 MW) 62-51 this afternoon and with the win, it snapped a three game losing streak for Nevada and the Wolf Pack have completed the season sweep of the Spartans.
Wolf Pack forward AJ West ran into early foul trouble just as he did in the first meeting but overcame that to score 17 points and 10 rebounds (West now holds the record for most career offensive rebounds in Mountain West play at 180 offensive rebounds). West also overcame his poor free throw shooting performance against Air Force on Wednesday to go 13 for 20 from the charity stripe. And as a team, the Wolf Pack got to the line 47 times and made 34 for of them. A vast improvement from the bad free throw shooting performance the Wolf Pack had against Air Force.
Along with West, Tyron Criswell and DJ Fenner both scored in double figures. Criswell scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds and Fenner came off the bench to score 13 points and had four steals as well.
After that 19 point explosion in the first half, the Wolf Pack kept Jaleel Williams in check as he only scored two points in the second half. And other than Williams the only other Spartan in double figures was Brandon Mitchell as he scored ten points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Wolf Pack will have their final regular season home game on Wednesday as they welcome the Colorado State Rams at 7pm PST.